I’ve been a bad blogger.

I haven’t posted since school ended.  At first it was just a week…  Then two….  Before I knew it school was starting.  I’ve thought of you often.  I’ve missed writing.  But somehow I just couldn’t sit down in front of the computer to type out a post.

So, here is my excuse reason: Motherhood is hard work.  Motherhood while working from home is even harder!  And sadly, it doesn’t get easier as the kids grow older.  I now have a fifteen-year-old who is wanting to start drivers ed (YIKES) and spends his free time closed up in his room, writing.  (Takes after his mom.)  I have a thirteen-year-old who is a dedicated musician and spends every free moment writing her music and playing her guitar.  Lastly, I have an eleven-year-old who, in spite of my best efforts, is dedicated to his video games.  Oh, and I can’t forget my husband who also works from home pretty much twelve hours a day!

We enjoyed a fabulous and very busy summer:  Youth group trips, Vacation Bible School, house projects, carting the kids here and there, (It will be nice when my oldest has his driver’s license for this reason), summer concerts, bbqs, my husband’s work travel, a new kitten.

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Awww……

We are now about a month and a half into the school year, and we have studied hard, spent countless days in the library, taken on new projects…

With a house full of busy people, who all spend their days at home working or studying, the housework is also a full-time job that seems to be open at the moment since we are all engaged in our own full-time endeavors.  And who wants to give up precious reading time to clean?

But I have been reading, and I plan to share what I’ve read with you as I get back into this blogging thing.  Since I’ve posted last I’ve read Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer, The Fault in our Starts by John Green, Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, and a book I can’t tell you about just yet because it hasn’t been published (an editing project I’m working on.) There were a couple starts and stalls as well, and there maybe one I’m forgetting.  Currently I’m reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

I’m looking forward to more reading and blogging and reconnecting.

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Finding Balance

I wear a lot of hats!  Too many hats maybe.  I’m a wife, a mother, a homeschooler, a Spanish teacher, a family ministry director, a parent educator and I’ve recently added book blogger to this long list.  It can be hard to juggle so many different things but I usually manage just fine.  (My husband may disagree with this statement.)  I manage, that is, until a major event or deadline sends me into a tailspin, demanding more and more of my time, than I had allotted.  This week it was Easter!

Part of my job in Family Ministries is running the Children’s ministry.  I love special holidays with the kids.  I get to detour off our regular curriculum and do something big, fun, and exciting.  However, big, fun, and exciting requires a lot of work.

Given where Easter falls on the calendar it is also the time of year I need to look at my children’s school work and well as the Spanish classes I teach and make sure everyone is set to finish strong.  We have less than a month left of school!  This means extra study time with each one of my three kids.  Making sure they are where they should be in each of their subjects, spending time looking forward to final exams and helping them prepare to study for those, identifying year end projects and pacing them out to finish on time, etc.  Similarly for my classes, I’m making sure we are on track with our syllabus to complete the curriculum, preparing a final exam and study guide, etc.

Each morning when I woke up this week, I thought about what I might blog about that day from the posts I have started weeks prior.  And every night I would go to bed thinking, “Tomorrow!”  while I pick up my current read and fall asleep before I made it to the end of the page.  But now Easter is over and I am getting back to it.  (While keeping my eye on finals week and the crazy VBS week that will be looming shortly after! )

So my question, to all you experienced bloggers with crazy schedules is this:  How do you find balance?  What do you do to keep your blog moving when there is no time for it in your life that week?